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Lesson 5: Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators word problems

# Add and subtract fractions: FAQ

## How do we estimate fractions to add or subtract them?

One way to estimate fractions is to round them to the nearest half or whole number. For example, $\frac{2}{3}$ rounds to $\frac{1}{2}$, and $\frac{7}{8}$ rounds to $1$.
Try it yourself with this exercise:

## How do you add and subtraction fractions visually?

To add or subtract fractions, they need to have the same denominator. We can use fraction bars to visually compare the fractions so we can add and subtract.
Try it yourself with this exercise:

## What's the difference between adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators?

When the denominators are the same, we can add or subtract the numerators directly. When the denominators are different, we need to find a common denominator first.
Try it yourself with these exercises:

## How do we find common denominators?

There are a few different ways to find common denominators. One way is to use the least common multiple (LCM) of the two denominators. Another way is to just multiply the two denominators together.
Try it yourself with these exercises:

## What are mixed numbers and how do we add and subtract them?

Mixed numbers are numbers that contain both a whole number and a fraction. For example, $2\frac{1}{2}$ is a mixed number. To add and subtract them, we have to find a common denominator. Then, we rewrite the mixed numbers as improper fractions with that denominator. Lastly, we add or subtract the two improper fractions together and simplify the result if needed.
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## Want to join the conversation?

• what is lcm
• It's the Least Common Multiple. It's like the smallest multiple that two or more numbers have in common.
• Same are you a nerd or do you just like math
I like math I am not good at it though
• How are you supposed to solve a fraction problem where you are taking away a smaller number from a bigger one. Take this example.
1/2-2/5
You cannot take 2 away from 1 without getting a negative number, but 2/5 is smaller then 1/2, so how do you solve the problem.
• the answer is 1/10 and thats because of:

first you take the LCM of 2/5 and 1/2 equaling 10

As you can see that the dominators are the same so you multiply the top one [ numerators ] like you did to the bottom.

If you didn't understand this whole explanation, watch the khan videos again and again so, u can understand this.

okay bye.
• what is LCM ?
• LCM is when you try to make two different denominator into same denominator. For example: What is 2/3 + 2/4? then the answer will equal to 6/12 + 8/12. Answer=14/12.
• i always get most of these kinds of math problems wrong:(
• how do you regroup t improper fractions
• you regroup improper fractions by dividing the numerator by thse denominator. if the numerator is more than the denominator, then divide. divide as much as you can until you have a remainder. if there is a remainder, then use that remainder as a numerator for the denominator you divided by. I hope this helps!😊
• So, if mixed numbers are numbers that contain both a whole number and a fraction, how do we multiply and divide them? After this question, try experimenting with different numbers and find the least common denominator to those numbers.